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Why become a YCLA?

YCLA membership provides an opportunity to serve the legal profession in the Commonwealth by contributing to initiatives and projects relating to the profession and rule of law. YCLA members have a vital role to play as the CLA undergoes a process of consolidation and renewal.

Young Lawyers are driven by the Association’s objective to maintain and promote the rule of law in the Commonwealth. The Young Lawyers’ Officers are mandated to promote the interests of young lawyers throughout the Commonwealth through the advancement of this objective.

Through the work of these Young lawyers Officers, who act as a champions for the CLA, YCLA members benefit from learning about:

  • Issues of concern locally and within the wider region that impact the rule of law
  • Relevant projects, activities and events that are taking place locally and within the wider region that would be of benefit to you and your career
  • News items and social media content that is relevant to your interests, career development and/or area of study
  • CLA-branded events such as lectures, seminars, training workshops etc

In addition, you will have all the other benefits of being a CLA members:

  • Access to Association news, insights and invites
  • A heavily discounted rate to attend the Commonwealth Law Conference 2023 in Goa
  • Newsletter and statements straight to your inbox
  • Opportunity to get involved in CLA projects
  • Opportunity to submit or contribute to articles and think-pieces

Young Lawyers group for the period April 2019 – April 2023 are as follows:

Name Role
Joanna Robinson Joint Chair and YCLA rep on CLC2023 Papers Committee – England, European Hub
Darshani Parsuramen Angot  Joint Chair – Mauritius, African Hub
Rishika Arora India- Australasia Hub
Camilla Hart England, European Hub
Hawwa Reena Hassan The Maldives, Australasia Hub
Santhaan Krishnan Young Lawyers Mentor/ Immediate Past President – India, Australasia Hub
Stella Wutete Zimbabwe, Africa Hub
Max Davis England & Wales, European Hub
Vivian Kuan  Malaysia, Australasia Hub
Rhyan Elliott Bahamas, Americas Hub
Martina Baindu Egbenda Sierra Leone, Africa Hub
Siddharth Sijoria India, Australasia Hub
Chloe McMillan Trinidad and Tobago, Americas Hub
Rahul Kumar India, Australasia Hub
Hadassah Esther Igoche Nigeria, Africa Hub
Varea Seduadua Fiji, Australasia Hub
Alexandros Efstathiou Cyprus, Europe Hub
Luaipou Ann Matalasi Samoa, Australasia Hub
Rebecca Vathanasin Singapore, Australasia Hub
Taylah Spirovski Australia, Australasia Hub
Aileen Aluso Ingati Kenya, Africa Hub
Tianah M Foster Saint Lucia, Americas Hub
Davanya Deveaux Turks and Caicos Islands, Americas Hub
Geoffrey Yeung Hong Kong, Australasia Hub
Mariam Gagi Canada, Americas Hub
Gina Abraham-Thomas Dominica, Americas Hub

If you have any more questions about becoming a YCLA, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

We’d love you to join us.

Joanna Robinson and Darshani Parsuramen Angot
Joint Chairs, YCLA

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